Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Graham cowers & covers his butt

Posted By on Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 1:38 PM

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has been on the hot seat lately  in the insane asylum known as the South Carolina GOP. The conservative senator has been condemned by various county GOP groups in S.C. for being a yucky-liberal-socialist-tree-hugger because he supports the growth of a clean energy industry in America. What kind of  newfangled modern outrage will those liberals think of next? Paved roads? Television?

Maybe it’s because the wingnuts in his party have his ass in a sling, but Graham is now jumping with both feet onto the “no civilian trials for terrorists” bandwagon. The senator is introducing a bill today that would block funding for civilian trials for the five guys accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks. The right, which apparently has a little too much time on its hands, is all aflutter over this issue lately, claiming that since the U.S. is, as Graham said, “at war with al-Qaeda,” the accused terrorists should be tried by a military court, damn it.

Never mind that since 9/11, civilian courts have convicted more than 200 accused terrorists, while military commissions convicted a grand total of three. Never mind that no terrorist attacks occurred during those civilian trials. Never mind that every other western country tries terrorists in their civilian courts. Never mind that changing plans for the alleged 9/11 plotters’ trials will make the U.S. look like a bunch of wusses to the rest of the world. And never mind that al-Qaeda is a relatively small, terrorist-training group, not a large functioning army, and so naming the conflict against them a “war” was ridiculous to begin with.

No, never mind all that. The right, as usual, is scared out of its wits about something or other (Pick 'em: terrorists, illegal immigrants, gay marriage, big gummint, death panels, etc, etc, etc.), so the rest of us have to jump. Graham is a politician, and a military lawyer, so he has to cover his butt. Hopefully, though, Congress won’t be steamrolled into caving in to the right’s unnecessary silliness this time around.

Sen. Graham: "Bring those terrorists right here, by God, and I'll smack 'em silly"
  • Sen. Graham: "Bring those terrorists right here, by God, and I'll smack 'em silly"

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